An attack carried out in China’s western Xinjiang province on Monday killed 16 policemen and injured 16 others in the border city of Kashi, reported China state news agency Xinhua.
Two suspects in the deadly attack, which took place in a majority Muslim region of China, were identified as Uighurs, a minority people living in Xinjiang. The Kashi police said that one of the attackers drove a truck toward a team of more than 70 policemen who were jogging as part of a regular morning exercise at about 8 a.m., when the other suspect threw an explosive toward the station gate, Xinhua reported.
No civilians were reported hurt.
Though the attack took place more than 2,000 miles outside of Beijing, it occurred only four days before the start of the Olympic Games, highlighting security concerns in the lead-up to the international sporting event.
"We've made preparations for all possible threats," said a spokesman for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games (BOCOG) in a press briefing following the attack. The spokesman said security arrangements were being increased around the Olympic venues.
"We believe, with the support of the government, with the help of the international community, we have the confidence and the ability to host a safe and secure Olympic Games," a BOCOG spokeswoman told reporters following the attack.
According to BOCOG, 110,000 soldiers are being brought in to provide security during the Games. Additional security measures BOCOG has undertaken include creating an intelligence center and command offices in all host cities; surveillance and alarm systems at all the venues; and 24-hour guards and patrols at all venues.